A doppio espresso is a fairly standard choice when at a café. You will love it if you need a really hard hit of espresso in your life! Learning to brew a perfect cup of doppio all by yourself means that you’ll be able to indulge in that perfect café-quality pour whenever you wish.
It will also prepare you with more comfort and skills to include cappuccino and latte macchiato in your list of coffee recipes.
So What Exactly Is A Doppio?
We won’t complicate the issue for you. A doppio is simply just two individual shots of espresso poured into a single cup. As a result, the volume is double the amount. Naturally, the caffeine content is double that of a regular espresso! The word “doppio” means “double” in Italian. So, yes, it’s literally another way of ordering a “double espresso.” It’s also extracted through the double layer of a coffee filter.
To make a perfect doppio, your espresso machine has to deliver 9 bars of pressure to force the hot water through the grinds within 25-30 seconds. If it goes beyond this time limit, your espresso will be more bitter and less sophisticated in its flavor notes. For the best array of flavors, use fruity blends (Arabica based) for your doppio.
Equipment And Instruments
- An espresso machine
- A cup for your doppio
Total preparation time: 2-3 minutes
Drink size: 2 oz.
- Freshly dark-roasted espresso coffee
Making A Doppio Step-By-Step
You should make a cup of doppio the exact same way you would make your espresso. It’d just be double the volume! Let’s take a look at our step-by-step guide to making a great-tasting doppio!
Purge The Group Head
Since you’ll be making espresso, it’s absolutely essential that you get rid of any old coffee grinds stuck in the group head from prior shots. That’s why you need to purge the espresso machine. Then rinse the group head and wipe any dried coffee grounds out of it.
Grind And Tamp The Coffee
- The next step is making a good espresso-quality fine grind from the grinder.
- In a double-shot portafilter, grind 18–21g of coffee beans.
- Next, carefully perform a nice tamp, leveling the grounds to set compactly into the portafilter. No unnecessary tamps or flicks are required.
Extract The Coffee
- Install the portafilter into the group head.
- Place a cup beneath your espresso machine’s spout.
- If you have the one-cup brew option, select that option. Otherwise, use the manual brew option.
- Always make sure to tune your espresso machine’s pump to allow at most 15 psi pump pressure. This is the ideal level of pressure for water steam to run through the coffee grounds.
Since this is a doppio, you’ll have to extract 40-60ml (2 ounces) of espresso in 25-30 seconds.